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Michael Pro

Building GA-Z77N-WIFI / Bitfenix Prodigy Pro Build

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Hi there I am currently upgrading from my custom built sandy bridge i5 to an ivy bridge i7 my build consist of the following parts

im calling this build micintosh the name is deprived from the first three letters of my fore name with the "intosh" extsion from macintosh




Case:Bitfenix Prodigy Mini-ITX Mesh Front Case - CK Anniversary Edition w/ Window






CPU: i7-3770K


HDD:2x Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB




RAM:Avexir MPower Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C10 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit(possibly this Blue LED's)



PSU:Corsair Professional Series AX 760i Watt Digital ATX/EPS Fully Modular 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supply Unit






this is my first complete process build I would have 6TB of storage and that’s just for Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 8 Pro X64 (might just have 8)


after a week I am sure to add and test out the Leap Motion (if its officially released by then)






for a whole month i will stick to HD4000 and no overclock , a month after i will then add the following components,


GPU:Gigabyte GV-N66TOC-2GD-EU NVIDIA GTX660Ti 2GB DDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card (overclocked from factory 1032Mhz to 1111Mhz)




SSD:Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive (for OS X 10.8)



Akasa AK-HD-BL Blue hard drive cooler (for the 2x 3TB drives)




CPU Cooler Components:

Prolimatech Blue Megahalems CPU Cooler



2x Silverstone SST-AP121-BL Blue LED Air Penetrator 120mm FAN 1500rpm



Case Upgrade Components:

Front: Bitfenix Spectre PRO 230mm Blue LED - Black

Rear: Bitfenix Spectre PRO 140mm Blue LED - Black

Top: Bitfenix Spectre PRO 120mm Fan Blue LED - Black


NXZT Sentry LXE (monitor graphics card, CPU, HDD x2 and SSD temperatures & monitor case and CPU fan speeds)




if I later have time I want to replace the AXi 760i cables to the individually sleeved bundle for the 1200i in blue from here

48059d1362018891t-building-ga-z77n-wifi-bitfenix-prodigy-pro-build-ca-078-cs_52889_350.jpg(cables section on this site)


I am sure to include Alchemy LED strips




any suggestions or idea's will be helpful like CPU water cooling or a better graphics card i currently don't know what to select as a optical disc drive as i want Blu Ray read and write functionality with light scribe technology built in or some sort of good labeler


(I know the graphics card is going to take up both pci slots i will fit the NZXT LXE pci adapter in somehow)



*getting 23' 3D monitor D2343P-BN

*might replace cpu cooling with water cooled Corsair H80i

*might replace psu with Seasonic 650W X-Series


haswell is out in june do you think the 4770K will have much more performance than the 3770K ? and do you think gigabyte will release a socket 1150 Mini Itx board ?

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